BY H. THROTTLE
There is just something special about driving a large, luxurious SUV, that is plush with leather seats and a 390-horsepower engine.
The 2019 Nissan Armada is that special vehicle that excels in performance and luxury.
The appearance is powerful with “Hermosa Blue” paint and a charcoal leather interior. The first and second row bucket captain chair seats and a third row of fold down seating has room for seven passengers. The third-row seats are power controlled through the rear cargo space with easy push button controls to raise and lower the seats.
Nissan does their final assembly of this Japanese product in Los Angeles. President Trump has just extended his proposed tariff on such vehicles for six-months and this leaves the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of this Armada at $62,690.
The Armada is like the powerful Spanish fleet that once sailed against the British empire. This Armada sails down the highway with comfort and class.
The powerful engine is linked to a seven-speed transmission that provides a gear for all occasions in freeway and mountain driving. The powerful engine is thirsty and city gas mileage is a meager 13 mpg. rising to 18 on the open roads. Consider hauling seven passengers and a full cargo trunk of camping or ski equipment the cost of lower fuel mileage diminishes with passenger capacity.
The comfort of the seats with the independent double wishbone suspension takes the potholes and construction bumps out any ride discomfort in the spacious cabin.
Safety comes in larger vehicles and accident statistics are proving that larger units are safer to drive. The Nissan Armada has a perfect five-star side-crash safety rating. A long list of safety features includes every new “Intelligent” system, forward object warning, blind spot warnings, and radar cruise control. Nissan has put camera views in all directions that serve driver and pedestrian safety so well in our growing population density.
The ten-way, and eight-way driver and passenger front seat controls have full lumbar support with full heating and cooling.
The second-row seats are heated, unusual in many vehicles.
A family entertainment center is located in the second seat area.
Sound is masterful from a Bose 13 speaker system, color screen, and vast electronic systems including five USB ports.
The outside mirrors are heated, and the Armada comes with a receiver hitch and 7-pin wiring harness for pulling a trailer. Led front fog lights for those foggy mountain drives and there are running boards for easy entry into the cabin for little ones.
Overall this is a very fine unit that is loaded with the latest safety and luxury equipment and very competitive in price.
2018 All Rights Reserved. Villager Publishing |